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21st Dec 2021

Rosanna Davison says she felt “survivor guilt” after pregnancy loss

Sarah McKenna Barry

“I can’t believe we’ve come out the other side with our family.”

Rosanna Davison has opened up about her experience with pregnancy loss.

The model sadly suffered 14 miscarriages within the space of two years before welcoming her daughter Sophia, and her twin boys Oscar and Hugo.

During a recent interview on BBC Radio Ulster, Rosanna said that she feels “survivor guilt”.

She said: “I still feel a story of survivor guilt. I can’t believe we’ve come out the other side with our family.

“When we were going through those years of struggle, I was desperate for a story of hope.”

Rosanna continued: “There was a time in 2017 we were getting nowhere. I said to my husband: ‘I don’t think I’m the woman to give you a family.’ I knew how much he longed to be a dad. It was his dream as well.

“He said to me: ‘Rosie, we’re going to have a good life. If we never have a family, we’ll work out what to do.'”

The former Miss World then explained that after consulting medical and legal advice, they decided to go down the route of surrogacy, and they subsequently welcomed their first child Sophia two years ago.

Then, Rosanna found out that she was pregnant with twins, and her two sons were born in 2020.

“It was just extraordinary and I think about it a lot. I feel so connected to the couples out there who haven’t been as lucky as we are,” Rosanna said.

Over the past few years, Rosanna has spoken openly about the lack of surrogacy legislation in Ireland, and the problems it poses for families like her own.

Two months ago, she shared her concern upon reading that the Irish Government is considering further deferral of legislation.

On Instagram, Rosanna wrote: “If true, this will affect 100s of children & families across Ireland, including my own. Sophia & many other children will be left legally vulnerable & unprotected.

“I’m adding my voice to the 100s of other voices supporting international surrogacy & retrospective pathways to parenthood so that no children are left out. It should be the legal right of my 3 babies that I can protect them equally.”